Bounds on the optimal elasticity parameters for a snake

  • Ole V. Larsen
  • Petia Radeva
  • Enric Martí
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 974)


This paper develops a formalism by which an estimate for the upper and lower bounds for the elasticity parameters for a snake can be obtained. Objects different in size and shape give rise to different bounds. The bounds can be obtained based on an analysis of the shape of the object of interest. Experiments on synthetic images show a good correlation between the estimated behaviour of the snake and the one actually observed. Experiments on real X-ray images show that the parameters for optimal segmentation lie within the estimated bounds.


snakes elasticity parameters segmentation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ole V. Larsen
    • 1
  • Petia Radeva
    • 2
  • Enric Martí
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratory of Image AnalysisAalborg UniversityDenmark
  2. 2.Computer Vision CenterAutonomous University of BarcelonaSpain

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